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Learning Shiny

In the last couple of days after returning from the Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting in Portland, I started learning Shiny. Shiny is a great R package for converting R code into interactive web pages. I’ve known about it for a while, but I hadn’t given it a go until now for various reasons not least finishing graduate school. The learning curve was a bit steep for me. My R skills are not exactly stellar to begin with and integrating the R code with a whole set of new functions specific to Shiny was a bit of a mess at first. After a day and a half of trial and error I managed to put together a working Shiny app. It is now available on my GitHub repository under the name Interactive Diatom Phylogeny.
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Evolution of cell-size in marine and freshwater diatoms

Our paper about using phylogenetic trees and the comparative method to model the evolution of cell-size in marine and freshwater diatoms is now published at the Limnology and Oceanography website. Its been a while since I started this project and I am really glad that it is finaly out. Many thanks to Ed Theriot and Andy Alverson for their help and patience throughout this project.